Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Scatter, originally uploaded by CarbonNYC.


  also, i love belugas

Beluga meets human, originally uploaded by lil.

even though they are vaguely corpselike (just like all good things)

  pbs had a show about aquariums last night

99AB900, originally uploaded by aquanerds.

the monterey segment made made me appreciate kelp forests.. i mean, how pretty is this? and look at that gorgeous garibaldi! so funny that it's just a damselfish (we have those too!).

  I wonder if Balu would let me have a dog
Abused pit bull recovering after rescue in Miramar: South Florida Sun-Sentinel - "She's probably never had a comfortable day in her life."

That just kills me.
  Coolest little earrings / weapons ever

Flat Stanley Goes Diving, originally uploaded by erikogan.

I had this same idea for Flat Cara, right down to the ziploc bag! :)

Lots of creative Flat Stanley pics on Flickr...

Monday, January 30, 2006
American lobster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Lobsters do not mate for life, contrary to some myths. The female seeks the most alpha male she can find, and the male will mate with as many females as he can."

So if you want to scare a man off, do not refer to him as your lobster. Better options would be your whale, gibbon, swan, gerbil, Canadian goose, or penguin. Actually, there are a lot of birds (condors, cranes, barn owls) that do, if you want to go that route.
Friday, January 27, 2006
  Who doesn't love plucky little turtles?
Injured Sea Turtle Gets A Chance For New Life At The Aquarium
  McSweeney's Internet Tendency
Things You Can Do If You Love Jesus Other Than Honk.

- - - -
Send him flowers for no reason
Pass him a note in geography
Make him a mix tape
Set him free
Make an altar to him with his trash
  The Onion's Wisconsin roots
Harvey's Marvy World Of Show | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Y'all know that the Onion was born in Madison, Wisconsin, right? Today I just noticed that Jackie Harvey graduated from Viterbo, which is in La Crosse. Ahh, state pride. :)
  look at mini cat!!!

she is getting to be so darn pretty :) and she's still just a mini replica of the fluffers (come home!).

Thursday, January 26, 2006
  what a good cat elliot has turned out to be!

cats 012, originally uploaded by estacey.

i haven't mentioned elliot in a while.. thought he was due for an update. since being given his freedom to the outdoors at the new place, he has been outside 95% of the time. in fact, for a week or so, all i saw of elliot was a shadow here and there. i was convinced i was going to just have to leave food out for him and let him be the feral cat he was born as. but not so..

inside, he's often under the bed, inside the hole he's ripped in the box spring cover. but if i sit ON the bed, he'll scramble out and come up for petting.

now here's where it gets cute..
last night, i had a VEG-OUT-&-WATCH-TV night. he was on my lap the whole time.. at one point, he collapsed next to me, on his back, feet in the air, as i rubbed his belly. eventually, he'd settle in and start to nap in a little furball, but if i dared to MOVE, he'd wake up and run back up by my face for more petting. and if i don't pet, he just rubs against my hand anyway...

even in his awkward teenager state, elliot is a good kitty. that makes me so happy. :) instant (good) karma, it got me!

this picture is from when he was still at the adoption area in petsmart. that other black cat was his friend, a girl cat. i felt horrible to take him away from her, but the option of leaving him didn't make me feel so good either..

  old people are cool
i was at the dd for my coffee indulgence today, behind an old man.
his total was $5.99.  he handed the lady five one-dollar bills.  he started fumbling with his coin purse and the dd lady said, "sir, i need another dollar."  "i'm getting the change," he replied.  "it's 99 cents."  "i know." 
and then he counted out 99 cents for her.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006

What sadness...
Amazing such a funny lady can be so sensitive & poignant.
  Oh no he didn't!
Attack the taint! on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Lord, how I miss The Daily Show.
Saving coral reefs, mangroves worth billions of dollars--UN -

How sad it is that saving these habitats isn't important enough? That we have need a financial motive for saving the coral reefs & mangroves? This world is in a pretty sorry state.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
  Jan. 24 called worst day of the year - World News -
Jan. 24 called worst day of the year - World News -

Nice that the world mourns my ever-dwindling youth along with me.. ;)
  Please help me find my lost Fluffy cat
[note: folks from the lost & found ads in the classifieds were directed to this site for pics, hence this post will be at the top of my for the duration of the classified run, 14 days beginning january 26.]

Last seen on 1/8 in his new neighborhood in Plantation (441 & Peters), possibly trying to return to his old stray stomping grounds in Hollywood. I thought he would have wandered back to our new home by now, but sadly he hasn't..

Fluffy doing happy paws on the bed.

Pics of Fluffy from present (L) and when he was a young'n (R).

Please email or call the number listed in the ad if you've seen Fluffy at all since he's gone missing. I miss him terribly, so any help you can give me to track his whereabouts would be greatly appreciated.
  My sister is on Flickr!!!

Emailing: 100_1557_040, originally uploaded by tilson.

I had to post this because, of course, Macy is in it.. look at the cute bundle of munchkin! And then also I HARDLY RECOGNIZE AMANDA because she has gotten so grown-up. Weird. I wonder if I'm gonna cry when I see her next month and be THAT aunt.. "I remember when you were just a tiny baby, and now look at you!" Sniff, sniff.

Monday, January 23, 2006
  Birthday party :)

My friends is so sweet! Last night, under the ruse that we were going to go to some gay restaurant on Las Olas, Alli dragged me out of the house, quite against my will. But first we were going to stop off at Alex's to get Alli's gloves she had "left in his car."

Despite the fact that:
1. Bill & Susan were baking my birthday cake right under my nose while I was at their house;
2. Mark called Alli and she announced, "774? Who would that be?" Luckily, she's from Massachusetts too, so it made sense that someone from that area code would be calling;
3. Alli switched stories on the way to Alex's and said we were going to someplace off of Oakland Park (I assumed she & Matt C. were taking me to a sex store at that point); and
4. I walked right by Matt Hoe & Ralph standing at the grill at Alex's place and never noticed them..

I was completely surprised when I walked into Alex's place. "Surprise!" Alex said. "Okay," I thought. Then I looked behind him and saw Mark and Andrea standing there. "Oh! I get it!" Bill & Susan arrived shortly after, kitty litter cake in hand.

So anyway, sweet friends, eh? I was mighty impressed. I didn't get too many pictures, but there were a few other cameras going.. Wondering what will make it up on Flickr...

  Susan's Bachelorette Party

All of us :), originally uploaded by estacey.

Saturday night was fun, even though, despite my best efforts, I stayed pretty much sober the whole night. At least I was there to document the shenanigans of the other girls. :) We went out in Loxahatchee at a place named Boonie's. Mullets, bad perms, and confederate flags galore. And you know you had a good time when someone gets cut off (Alli - her first time!) and everyone is covered in hickeys. :)

  if you need to be reminded how lucky you are..

toddler, originally uploaded by phitar.

go check out phitar's latest pictures from phnom penh. heartbreaking. somehow moreso that it says they were taken today.

Friday, January 20, 2006
  Four Things Meme
I don't usually do this, but just for Katie I will.. :)

Four jobs you've had in your life:
1. Hostess at Country Kitchen when I was 16.

2. Customer Service Rep for The Company Store. The only good thing about that job is that I had kickass bedding for cheap and got to spend my free time lusting after Erik Forde.
3. Bored ticket taker at a theatre.
4. Legal secretary at two different law firms, where I drank Tab and filed my nails. I can't wait to get out of the "administrative" field.

Four movies you could watch over and over:
1. A Fish Called Wanda

2. Fargo
3. The Big Lebowski

4. Better Off Dead

Four places you've lived:
1. Viroqua, Wisconsin
2. Mexico City, if three months counts
3. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, unofficially for a while. By's parents didn't know I was there. That was FUN. :D
4. La Crosse, Wisconsin

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Law & Order. Shame if you don't know that.
2. The Daily Show
3. Seinfeld, because for me it's comfort TV
4. Uh.. I like that Mythbusters show, I guess. (I'm drawing a blank past #2.)

Four places you've been on vacation:
1. Huatulco, Mexico.. man, if I could go back, I'd so it so differently
2. Toronto, Canada
3. New York
4. Los Angeles (this is all sad)

Four blogs you visit daily:
1. Dooce
2. Pink is the New Blog

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Enchiladas with platanos
2. Those portobello & cheese tortellini things at Olive Garden
3. Any Thai food involving tofu
4. Kashi GoLean waffles with strawberry jam.. seriously, I could eat the box.

Four places you'd rather be:
1. Well, I'm at work right now, so "anywhere" applies.
2. Underwater
3. The Seychelles
4. Bahia Honda

Four cds you can't live without:
1. Uh, I don't listen to CDs much anymore, so can we say artists instead? The Beatles
2. Billy Joel
3. Juan Luis Guerra
4. M.I.A.

Four vehicles you've owned:
1. My Pontiac POS. Erh, 6000.
2. Beloved VW Golf. I put a bumper sticker on it that read "My Other Car is a Pontiac 6000"
3. VW Fox.
4. My current Civ. Which is in the shop right now, having its muffler welded. :)

I tag Shannon, Dawny, Harriet, and Meg.

  IVR Cheat Sheet(tm) by Paul English
IVR Cheat Sheet(tm) by Paul English


Baby Hummingbird, originally uploaded by MsPixie.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

believe, originally uploaded by Sidereal.

Oh, too funny.

Check out the "sightings." I'm sure y'all have heard about this.. old net news, for sure. But someone made FSM decals for your car, a la Jesus fish, and I think that is just way too funny.


The two Fluffies, originally uploaded by estacey.

I always reasoned that it was OK to give away my beloved Mini because I still had the big Fluffy. Now I have neither. :~(

Still no sign of the Fluffers. No response to my signs. Tonight I am expanding the search and taking some signs with tear-off numbers to a few grocery stores and the local pet shops. I am hoping someone has spotted him.

I've been taking it really well because I just assumed he'd be back. But what if he isn't? I don't understand. Is he lost? That thought kills me. If he's packed his bags and joined the circus, okay. But what if he's just lost? I remember the way he'd come tearing after me when I got home after a long day away, or how he'd come to the door if it was raining outside and mew, knowing I'd let him in and all would be well. He knows I'm safety, so why isn't he back with me? :~( Wish me luck. I can't deal with the fact that I gave away all my kittens, Mama was taken from me, and now Fluffy..?! I love that Fluffy-tail clan so much; how can I not have one? Mew.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
  Cats Suck, Exhibit A

Chevy on Wu action, originally uploaded by urbandude.
  Cats Suck, Exhibit B
  Cats Suck, Exhibit C
  But so do dogs

IMG_0166.JPG, originally uploaded by kk+.

(these are all images i found with the tag 'rasterbator')

  .. if it weren't attached

DOH!, originally uploaded by jamin and cri.

Last night, I went to Target. I took out $140 from the ATM, intended to be my money for the week. (I've imposed a budget.)

I went up to pay for my hummingbird feeder and soup and discovered I had exactly $7 (and change) in my purse. I started freaking out, checking all my pockets, ripping my purse apart.. I finally told the cashier that I'd have to come back.

I went over to the ATM and stared at it. It sunk in: I left my money in the ATM. I couldn't believe it. Could I really do something that dumb? I wondered. But I couldn't remember actually taking the money. Aggh!

I kept thinking, 'What can I do?' ATMs always have cameras, but it'd hardly be a criminal offense to take money out of an ATM that some airhead had forgotten there.

So I'm standing there, the contents of my purse emptied on the customer service counter, thinking exactly how bad LOSING $140 was going to be for my personal finances. "That's nearly my plane ticket home!"

That's when a lady walked up with a little boy and said, "Did you leave your money there?" "Yes?" She handed over a wad of cash. "My son found it and gave it to me. We were taking it to the security guard."

Wow, right? Wow. I gave the kid a $20. His eyes lit up and he said, "Thank you," even as his mom tried to give it back. Very cute.

So anyway, I feel very lucky. And very much like I should not be allowed to handle money. Whee!

Friday, January 13, 2006
  Where is my Fluffy baby???

Still no sign of him, not since Saturday. I'm still keeping pretty cool about the whole thing. After all, Elliot only came in for the first time since last Friday just last night. Before then, the only way I knew he was still in the neighborhood is by catching glimpses of him here and there lurking in the shadows. But no glimpses of Fluffy at all.

He'd better come home. I keep going out and yelling for him and thinking how relieving it'd be if he came bounding over in the grass, like he used to. Sniff, sniff.


Manatee&Humanity, originally uploaded by ImranAnwar.


fattening up the kids, originally uploaded by malias.

Thanks to my horrendous pictures from last weekend, I am now hitting the gym with a vengeance. I knew I had been gaining weight, as the amount fit-and-look-okay clothes has been slowly dwindling, but I hadn't looked at a picture of myself and thought, "FATTY!" until the last batch. So, yeah, I'm back at the gym, running/ellipticalling (yes, I do realize that's not a word) and lifting weights with my feeble little T-Rex arms.

I have so many picture-worthy things to look forward to that I should look and be healthy for: going home to meet Macy and see the family, Alli's wedding, COSTA RICA, and the summer diving season. It's always nice to have something to think about when you're on the elliptical and you have 10 minutes left but you really, really want to stop.

Luckily, this brief foray into the land of the no-longer-a-size-6 I think has given me a good attitude adjustment. I think there was a day when I would've been too ashamed of what a chunk I've become in those one pictures to post them, but now.. well, okay, I'm having a fat period. So what? There are far too many things that are far too lovely to not experience and share just because I've been enjoying cheese pizza a bit too much lately. :)

Anyway, the Costa Rica plans are coming along. Cahuita is one of the places I want to go. Ahh, excited! I've not had an exciting vacation in ages. I'd forgotten how much fun the planning is! All this looking-forward to do! :) :)

  Child's Death Speeds Review of NYC Cases - Yahoo! News
Child's Death Speeds Review of NYC Cases - Yahoo! News

I may be a pretty peaceful person, but it's stories like this that make me wonder how anyone can be against the death penalty across the board.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
  i just added this chick as a contact

fukusuke-pon 福助ぽん, originally uploaded by heaven@air.

because whose life doesn't need a little more bunnies wearing sweaters?

  for those of you don't keep up on the celeb blogs
look at poor britney as of late

(from Pink is the New Blog)

just.. such.. a.. mess.

now i love britney, so i ain't hatin'. i just don't get how you can get to that from this:

  mark, recent flickr convert

Dewy Dawn, originally uploaded by pajarero.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
  Look at me getting gummed by a sloth. :)

I got to pet a two-toed sloth :), originally uploaded by estacey.

  Fluffy has been missing since Saturday


Elliot was MIA until Monday night, at which point I finally saw him creeping around the backyard.. so I hope that will be the case with Fluffers too. I wasn't home and the Hungarians were, so I'm just worried he thought I wasn't coming back or something. I dunno. I'm not freaking out too much at this point, because I know cats.. But still, PONDERING Fluffy not coming back is.. unfathomable. :(

Monday, January 09, 2006
  My Blog Is Poop
My Blog Is Poop: "Well, Marie was a HUGE fan. Thought I was hilarious. Loved everything I said. The boyfriend on the other hand, well, he didn't get it. Just completely lost on him. To break it down into simpler terms, I was Robbie Williams, Marie was England, and her boyfriend was the United States. Post-'Millennium.' "

This man and his onus are just too funny.
  work email is down
so if anyone has emailed me there since friday, i didn't get it. please re-send to my personal email address.  thanks!!
Friday, January 06, 2006
just got a call from the landlord.. he said the only problem with the place is that the a/c unit needs to be cleaned out since there is "a lot of cat hair in there."  charge?  $125.  i'm welcome to find someone to do it for cheaper, but that is a "pretty standard price."
christ, i know i had, you know.. a dozen cats in there at one point :)
but still, i was only there for eight months.  $125 to clean anything seems pretty steep.
i think i'll make some calls.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
  can we rescuscitate chivalry?
today i went to the old place to pick up my bike. wearing heels and a minidress, i tried all sorts of ways to get that bugger in my little civic. after five minutes, all i had accomplished was getting dirt in my shoes and cursing quite a bit.

the entire time, some guy from the pilco was watching me, smoking a cigarette. ha ha, what a good show this poor frustrated girl is!

finally, i stop and look at him pointedly. "can i help?" he yelled over, getting the hint. "that would be very nice of you, yes."

so he came over and ended up taking the back tire off and we got it in no problem, me pulling on it from the back seat and him pushing.

now, that was great of him to help, and i thanked him sincerely five or so times. i just wonder why the hell he didn't offer to help. what ever happened to the whole concept of chivalry? the last time i was trying to get that same bike in that same car someone was watching me from that same damn building and didn't offer to help, despite the fact that i was nearly crying by the end of the ordeal. and i never got the bike in the car, either.

and this isn't even a question of sex, of men helping women (although i have to say, it's even more tasteless when a man stands by while you struggle). instead, it's a question of kindness and empathy. i open doors quite regularly for other people and always offer to help when i see someone needs it. if a guy was carrying a lot while i stood loadless, you bet i'd offer to help. recently, some poor girl at target was trying to get a big box out of her car and into a shopping cart but the cart kept trying to roll away. out of the dozen or so people that must have seen her struggling before me, no one else had offered to help. i held the cart for 15 seconds and her problem was solved.

so anyway, a reminder to y'all - be nice! instant karma, you know - it's gonna getcha. :)
  I miss these girls.

Mini & Mama, originally uploaded by estacey.

I hope Mamacat is happy in Kendall and found someone who is willing to go sit in the bed just so she'll come in and want to be loved on. :)


sierra, originally uploaded by dawny.

so today all my old co-workers have been in and out of this office.. we have a deadline to clean up all the old stuff, so they've been in to cart their abandoned yet wanted monitors and fax machines out the door.

this means i got to see paola. she was my bud for the first six months or so that i worked here. then she ran off to bolivia to care for her aunt. and colombian david, whom some of you have heard about due to his long-winded way of telling stories. i swear i sat there one day watching him for, like, three whole minutes while he tried to figure out what month of 1994 this one thing of no importance had happened.

anyway, they both were here today and we did our latin-kiss thing and then were talking. what's up? they said. nothing much, said i. same ol' same ol'. oh, but i did have kittens! then i showed pictures. also, the boyfriend? now an ex-boyfriend. i figured this would be news of significance to the both of them due to the number of days i came in here crying inconsolably.

david laughs and says, que bien! he has a very thick accent, this david. then goes onto say, "You need to be happy, to have a man who treats you very good. And now that we are no longer co-workers, I can tell you this and it will not be sexual harassment. You are a beautiful woman, look at you! And you are so nice! You have your pick of the men! You have those very big legs.." i just sat there giggling.. like, oh, if I didn't understand the whole false-cognate larga/large thing, he'd be in some trouble. (larga in spanish means long, not large.)

anyway, me and my beeg legs found that amusing. and being complimented is always nice, too. :)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006
  Oh thank god, now I can sleep at night.
Mo. Researchers Find Largest Prime Number - Yahoo! News
Monday, January 02, 2006
  NYE pics are up!
New Year's was fun.. I quite unfortunately messed with the sangria recipe and instead of four shots of gin added, uh, a whole bottle of rum. So, that's two bottles of wine and one bottle of rum, together with copious amounts of fruit and fruit juice. Waaay too yummy to be that strong. I had to post the one picture of me squinting one eye, even though it's not so good.. because that's always my cue when I'm out to switch to water. So funny that moment got caught on, well, smartcard or whatever it is I have.

Sadly, on Saturday, Alli and the Grounders got, well, grounded.. so she wasn't able to make the party. An occasion in my life this year where Alli was not present - how strange.

Happy Birthday, Bethy! Sorry I didn't have such a cute idea as Meg.. Although being a woman of the childless sort, I would've had to have the kitties spell out Happy Birthday in dead lizards or something, and I doubt it would have been as charming. :)

Only 21 days until I turn 28. Scary. And yick, my birthday's on a Monday.

I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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